"[T]he impulse to defend anything and everything that a party heavyweight says — to the death — has the deleterious effect of making conservatives seem irrational and herd-like," she writes in her column for the New York Daily News. "No one is right all the time, and no one is above reproach."
"[C]onservatives continue to view criticism (even the constructive kind) through a lens of ideological suspicion," Cupp goes on to write. "Even though I defended conservative principles as right, strong and popular, and explicitly said this isn’t about casting strident conservatives out of the party but reworking our messaging, Rush’s fans still decided that my conservatism was discredited. Disagreeing with him, or merely offering that we should feel comfortable disagreeing with party leaders now and then, suddenly made me an untrustworthy, sell-out liberal."